Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

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bgalb
bgalb Senior Member • Posts: 2,081
Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

I have seen numerous threads on "What Should I Do?" and have always thought, "Don't these people know their own mind?"  Now "These People" are ME.   I am agonizing over taking my E-M1 or E-M5 along with an old E-Pl3.

We are visiting my daughter's family who live in Merida, Mexico for ten days.

E-M1 - I have it customized with just the mysets and other settings that make it sooo easy to use and it is sooo ergonomic.  But it is bigger, more obtrusive, and heavier than the E-M5.

E-M5 - It is smaller, lighter, and looks like a typical superzoom point and shoot to most people.  Doesn't draw so much attention.  But it is not quite so easy to quickly change shooting parameters now that the E-M1 has spoiled me. And it arguably has a little more noise above base ISO.

I will probably use the E-Pl3 mostly for street shooting, anyway.  I am very conscious of cultural relations and don't want to be offensive in any way.

Have tenatively decided to take the E-M5, but every few days I change my mind.

Any opinions?

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Martin.au
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Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

bgalb wrote:

I have seen numerous threads on "What Should I Do?" and have always thought, "Don't these people know their own mind?" Now "These People" are ME. I am agonizing over taking my E-M1 or E-M5 along with an old E-Pl3.

We are visiting my daughter's family who live in Merida, Mexico for ten days.

E-M1 - I have it customized with just the mysets and other settings that make it sooo easy to use and it is sooo ergonomic. But it is bigger, more obtrusive, and heavier than the E-M5.

E-M5 - It is smaller, lighter, and looks like a typical superzoom point and shoot to most people. Doesn't draw so much attention. But it is not quite so easy to quickly change shooting parameters now that the E-M1 has spoiled me. And it arguably has a little more noise above base ISO.

I will probably use the E-Pl3 mostly for street shooting, anyway. I am very conscious of cultural relations and don't want to be offensive in any way.

Have tenatively decided to take the E-M5, but every few days I change my mind.

Any opinions?

I'm about to switch back to the E-M5 for a week or so. My hunch, as I still use the E-M5 occasionally, is that the reason you have a tough decision is because both cameras will do fine, and you'd end up being happy with either.

So, what I'm getting at is the best solution is probably to flip a coin.

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Bob Tullis
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Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

bgalb wrote:

I have seen numerous threads on "What Should I Do?" and have always thought, "Don't these people know their own mind?" Now "These People" are ME. I am agonizing over taking my E-M1 or E-M5 along with an old E-Pl3.

We are visiting my daughter's family who live in Merida, Mexico for ten days.

E-M1 - I have it customized with just the mysets and other settings that make it sooo easy to use and it is sooo ergonomic. But it is bigger, more obtrusive, and heavier than the E-M5.

E-M5 - It is smaller, lighter, and looks like a typical superzoom point and shoot to most people. Doesn't draw so much attention. But it is not quite so easy to quickly change shooting parameters now that the E-M1 has spoiled me. And it arguably has a little more noise above base ISO.

I will probably use the E-Pl3 mostly for street shooting, anyway. I am very conscious of cultural relations and don't want to be offensive in any way.

Have tenatively decided to take the E-M5, but every few days I change my mind.

Any opinions?

If I were going, what would you advise me?    

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Weegee
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That's all you'd ever need.

For your vacation. I heading for Roatan Sat. morning and that's my gear.

bgalb
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Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

If it were you, I would say, "Take the E-M1".

I may just ask my wife.  That's almost like flipping a coin.  She will probably say, "Take the little cute one".

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Landscapephoto99 Senior Member • Posts: 2,814
Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

Then take that one, if that is the one you feel most comfortable with.  I don't have that problem since I just have the E-M5 which survived the heat and humidity of SE Asia so I'm happy with it.

bgalb wrote:

If it were you, I would say, "Take the E-M1".

I may just ask my wife. That's almost like flipping a coin. She will probably say, "Take the little cute one".

johnCam Regular Member • Posts: 169
Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery
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What do I know?  I would simply take your best camera. In my view, the EM1. Then you will not spend time wishing you had. Have a great trip either way.

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El Chubasco
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Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

I suppose the em1 is a recent parchase. Why don't you bring your new toy and play with it?

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Roger Engelken
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Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

bgalb wrote:

I have seen numerous threads on "What Should I Do?" and have always thought, "Don't these people know their own mind?" Now "These People" are ME. I am agonizing over taking my E-M1 or E-M5 along with an old E-Pl3.

We are visiting my daughter's family who live in Merida, Mexico for ten days.

E-M1 - I have it customized with just the mysets and other settings that make it sooo easy to use and it is sooo ergonomic. But it is bigger, more obtrusive, and heavier than the E-M5.

E-M5 - It is smaller, lighter, and looks like a typical superzoom point and shoot to most people. Doesn't draw so much attention. But it is not quite so easy to quickly change shooting parameters now that the E-M1 has spoiled me. And it arguably has a little more noise above base ISO.

I will probably use the E-Pl3 mostly for street shooting, anyway. I am very conscious of cultural relations and don't want to be offensive in any way.

Have tenatively decided to take the E-M5, but every few days I change my mind.

Any opinions?

Both the E-M1 and E-M5 are small cameras (I own five of the Olympus E series of four thirds cameras), so why not take both bodies.  Your lenses will work on both, and as a new owner of the E-M1, I would certainly not leave that one behind.  Enjoy your time with family.

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reygon Senior Member • Posts: 2,037
Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

Is this the safe side of Mexico or the usual crowded and could be risky (for thief, robber and snatching) city/town?

If the usual, then I suggest the smaller kit not the EM-1.  Play safe

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Dave Sanders Senior Member • Posts: 2,426
Don't worry - take the E-M1

reygon wrote:

Is this the safe side of Mexico or the usual crowded and could be risky (for thief, robber and snatching) city/town?

If the usual, then I suggest the smaller kit not the EM-1. Play safe

The thieves will not know the difference. Take your best camera...it's more likely to be stolen in your home country that it is in Mexico. Merida and Yucatan have low crime rates and are almost unaffected by the cartels...who wouldn't be interested in your camera anyways. DSLRs are not an uncommon site in Mexico...they are very popular with middle class Mexicans. When I walk around my wife's home town in Mexico I'm rarely the only one wielding a large-ish camera. I cannot count how many days I've spent walking around with my D2X unmolested...and it's a damn sight bigger than an E-M1!

That said...the rules of common sense apply  As reygon said, play safe.

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Dave Sanders

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Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

reygon wrote:

Is this the safe side of Mexico or the usual crowded and could be risky (for thief, robber and snatching) city/town?

If the usual, then I suggest the smaller kit not the EM-1. Play safe

The thieves will not know the difference. Take your best camera...it's more likely to be stolen in your home country that it is in Mexico. Merida and Yucatan have low crime rates and are almost unaffected by the cartels...who wouldn't be interested in your camera anyways. DSLRs are not an uncommon site in Mexico...they are very popular with middle class Mexicans. When I walk around my wife's home town in Mexico I'm rarely the only one wielding a large-ish camera. I cannot count how many days I've spent walking around with my D2X unmolested...and it's a damn sight bigger than an E-M1!

That said...the rules of common sense apply As reygon said, play safe.

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Len_Gee
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Re: Trip to Yucatan Peninsula - Put me Out of My Misery

Get the GM1 with kit lens?

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